There are so many exciting things happening I don’t even know where to start.
The Catcher’s Trap is edited. This means that the manuscript is done and ready. Just writing that sentence seems unbelievable to me.
Also the front and back covers are almost ready. Below it’s the final design (never mind the typos they will be fixed)
Probably the most exciting news to report is that my book is already part of the Ingram catalog (they are a big book distributor) which means that the book is available for bookstores to order, and three independent bookstores already have ordered it.
Eight months ago, when I jumped into that crazy Nerdist contest, I had no idea what I was doing. I just went all in; like in this video of me yesterday in the Puerto Rican rain forest.
Thanks to all of you, I made it to the other side with a publishing deal.
I can’t be more thankful and more excited.
Right now I’m sitting in front of a pool in sunny Puerto Rico, writing chapter 6 of Worlds Walker (The Catcher’s Trap sequel) I am so full of inspiration and so determined to write a great book that I hope all of you will support and love when the time comes.
If you want to read the preface of Worlds Walker you can find it here. You can also follow the project if you like.
Have a fantastic day.
Dear Friends today is my birthday!!
I have many reasons to celebrate and one of the main ones is that my dream of becoming a published author will become true on November 8th, and that is thanks to all of you.
Because it is my birthday, I want to ask you for a small present. Don’t worry it won’t cost you a penny. I want you to please log into your Inkshares account and follow the project for my second novel Worlds Walker.
Here is the link
Worlds Walker is the second book in The Catcher’s Trap trilogy, which I’m currently writing. My vision for this second book is exploring the darkest side of human nature. The first book was all about the evil magical creatures from The Mist and the horrors that human slaves had to endure. I want the second book to speak about our own capacity for cruelty and the idea that humans are not only victims or heroes, we are also aggressors.
I will continue working on this draft while uploading chapters and sharing content with you.
My plan is to launch the actual campaign on April 20th, 2017. Yup, you heard right. A year from today, on my birthday, I will be reaching out to all of you for support, so World Walker can become a reality.
Thanks again and have a drink on my behalf!
This is a special update to talk about someone other than me.
There’s a project that’s nearing its funding goal that I’d like to bring your attention to. It still needs a little over 125 pre-orders to get full funding on Inkshares. I think it’s worth your attention and by supporting it you also get awesome perks! (read till the end to find out)
A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau is a Fantasy/Horror story set in the forgettable small village of St-Ferdinand, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The villagers have been hiding a terrible secret for generations, but when their mysterious captive escapes but gets inadvertently trapped in the McKenzy’s backyard shed, it’s up to Venus and her friends to figure out how to dispose of this terrible and malevolent burden; an Old God of hate and death.
You can find out more about this dark and beautiful story, read sample chapters, reviews and pre-order your copy of A God in the Shed here
You can listen to the prologue as read by Ageless author Paul Inman here
Need more incentive?
I encourage you to support a great author while you enjoy a great book
Have a fantastic Week!
I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was great. This picture, taken at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, is proof of it; and yes, that is some sort of fruity martini. I was told that if I say it is brunch then is totally fine.
Today the Writing Out Loud Syndicate supported its first book. I choose They Are the Last from Elayna Mae Darcy. This is an Imaginative and absorbing book with a strong female hero who will have you cheering for her right away. They Are the Last is also an Inkshares staff pick so you know the book is good.
I encourage you to check the book out, get a copy and help this great author get her book published.
Pre-order it here.
Also, if you want to support LGBTQ authors and allies on Inkshares, join the Write Out Loud Syndicate. By joining the syndicate, you not only support the community but also will get a copy of every book that syndicate pick, once they hit funding.
This week I’ll be getting a second round of covers for The Catcher’s Trap to share with you, so we’ll be talking then.
Have a fantastic week.
I am one of those dramatic and obnoxious men who every time they get a cold are convinced they are “patient zero” and the end of humanity as we know it starts with their over-aggressive cooties.
So today, as I was laying on my couch dealing with a cold and watching end of the world movies. I stumbled upon 28 Days Later. What I love most about that movie is the fact that is not about the infected (I will not say zombies because I know there are two schools of thoughts about it and fellow nerds will gang on me) it is about the humans and their capacity for compassion and cruelty. Every time I finish watching it, I think “humans are the monsters in this monster movie.”
Because “Good writers borrow, but great writers steal.” I decided that the horrors of human nature will be the theme for The Catcher’s Trap sequel: Worlds Walker.
I was born and raised in Chile during one of the most brutal dictatorships in the planet in the 70’s and 80’s. I know what human monstrosity looks like, and I want to write about it.
The continuation of The Catcher’s Trap gives me the opportunity to explore and challenge the idea that we, humans, are the victims and heroes of the monsters lurking in the dark.
I’m sharing this because the idea excites me and, as I continue writing Worlds Walker, I want to share the process with you.
I’ve created a blurb for the second book on Inkshares, but I will not ask you to follow it because there is nothing there yet. I won’t upload chapters or turn it into a draft until The Catcher’s Trap is out because the opening scene of the second book is a huge spoiler. But I will share with you my writing process and main themes. I will also ask you for ideas when I find myself trap by my own plot.
So I hope you enjoy coming along as I write my second novel (God help us all).
Quick update to let you know that I made a decision.
This is the direction I selected for the book’s cover. Thank you all for your input it truly helped me select the right cover and give feedback to the designer.
And the work continues. We are onto copyedits, and the second round of cover proposals based on my feedback will be sent to me in the coming weeks (I will share that with you as well.)
The folks at Inkshares, Girl Friday Productions and I, are working hard to make sure you get a great book this coming fall.
In the mean time go to Inkshares and check out the work of other authors. There are great books in there; some of them available for purchase and some of them in the process of funding.
Don’t forget that if you want to support LGBTQ aspiring authors you can join my Write Out Loud syndicate. For $10 or $20 a month you will get a great book and will support the community and its allies.
A glorious day is upon us, and by glorious day I mean the day I received the first set of cover design proposals.
This is super exciting and, of course, I want your help deciding which direction I should go. Take into consideration that these are design directions, not final designs. The final cover will look quite different from any of these, but before we get there we need to figure out what route we are taking.
Please share your feedback in any of the following ways:
Facebook.The Catcher’s Trap
Don’t forget every vote count!
It has been a while! So I thought I give you an update on the world of The Catcher’s Trap
The production process is moving steadily. Last week I received my manuscript back from the developmental editor, and I’m working hard on the revisions. Many thanks to Ryan Boudinot for his thoughtful editing, his honesty and his words of encouragement.
Funny thing. Apparently my straight main character spends too much time talking about other male characters’ bodies and outfits, which, I’ve been told, most straight men don’t do. Lol, that’s the beauty of developmental edits. Your editor sees things you don’t.
The back cover copy is done and ready to go, and I’m expecting to get the first round of front cover concepts by the end of the week. All exciting stuff.
The e-book will be out the same day of my husband’s birthday! October 8th. Which I take as a good omen sent to me from the multiverse.
In the meantime:
Have a wonderful week!!